CHN Staff Report
Massachusetts sophomore defenseman Mario Ferraro has signed an entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks, forgoing the final two seasons of his collegiate eligibility, the organization announced today. Ferraro, who served as an alternate captain for the Minutemen in 2018-19, was selected by the Sharks with the 49th pick overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
There was some thought Ferraro would return next season to take on a more starring role, following the departure of fellow sophomore defenseman and Hobey Baker Award winner Cale Makar.
“The entire UMass hockey program is excited to wish Mario well as he moves forward with his hockey career after signing with the San Jose Sharks,” UMass head coach Greg Carvel said. “Mario has been one of the most important parts of our two-year turnaround as UMass hockey has become a legitimate and respected program again. Mario led his teammates on the ice and off. He is a unique individual and the ultimate warrior. His character, commitment and drive will serve him well as a professional, and were key to the success of UMass hockey over the past two years. We all thank him for everything he has done for this program and look forward to seeing him in a Sharks jersey in the future.”
Ferraro was one of six Minutemen to appear in all 41 games on the season, logging two goals and 12 assists for 14 points with a plus-6 rating. He was second on the team in blocked shots with 40.
“Time flies when you’re having fun,” Ferraro said. “Thank you to my teammates coaches and UMass hockey for the unforgettable two years. The bond we share will last a lifetime. I love my team and I’m going to miss my (UMass) family.”
Over two seasons at UMass, Ferraro played in 80 of a possible 80 games and had 37 points on six goals and 31 assists.
Originally published at https://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2019/04/29_Ferraro-Decides-to-Leave.php